7 Ways to Save on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is coming around the corner. If you want to save money, it’s time to start planning so you won’t be forced to overspend to buy something at the last minute.

Flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, cards, and fancy dinners can all add up, if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to save on Valentine’s Day.

1. Plan ahead.

When you take the time to plan ahead, you’ll always have more options. You’ll have time to look for the best deals and plan out what things you can make instead of buy.

2. Make your own cards.

Handmade cards are not only cheaper but better since you made them! If you need ideas on cards you can make, check out these 10 printable Valentine’s Day cards. These also include cards you can make for your child’s class. 

3. Bake treats.

There’s nothing that says love like a homemade chocolate cake, brownie, or cookies. For Valentine’s Day, why not make it more special by making heart-shaped cookies, brownies, or a cake? Mrs. Fields and other bake shops sell this but you can make the same thing at home with heart shaped molds.

4. Cook a romantic dinner.

Valentine’s Day dinners cost a premium at restaurants and you have to make a reservation ahead of time. Instead, cook a nice intimate dinner at home or order in. Then splurge on a decadent dessert. 

5. Buy flowers from a discount source.

Check out places like Costco and wholesale flower markets that sell flowers at a discount. You’ll have to arrange the flowers yourself and go really early to get the best selection. If you’re comfortable doing this, then this is a great way to save. Otherwise, see the next tip. 

6. Buy flowers other than roses. 

Sometimes sending flowers on Valentine’s Day is a must. And if you choose this option, here is a way to save. If your significant other’s favorite flower is something other than roses, then by all means, get them their favorite flower, be it tulips, orchids, gerbera daisies, etc. Roses are in high demand and marked up the highest around Valentine’s Day. Make your significant other happy as well as your wallet by forgoing roses on Valentine’s Day.

7. Spend time together.

Retailers may hype up Valentine’s Day to make more sales but don’t feel like you have to buy everything that has a heart on it. Valentine’s Day is not about buying things. It’s really a day to spend time with your significant other. All that matters is that you do something to let your significant other know that you appreciate them.

Fanny is the editor of Living Richly on a Budget, a personal budget blog dedicated to helping you save money through couponing, budgeting, and paying off debt.

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